Aunt Trina’s Holiday Pumpkin Crunch

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An old Alabama favorite given to Paula from her Aunt Trina.

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

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1 (15 oz.) can fresh pumpkin
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 c. sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup chopped pecans
2 sticks butter, cut into pieces

1 (8 oz.) pkg. softened cream cheese
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon





In a large mixing bowl, whisk together pumpkin, evaporated milk, cinnamon and sugar until well combined.  Add eggs and mix well.

Pour mixture into a 9X13 baking dish prepared with a non stick spray. Sprinkle cake mix evenly over entire top. Sprinkle nuts evenly over cake mix and top with butter pieces.  Bake at 350º F for 50-60 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

Prepare frosting while cake is cooling.  In a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, whip cream cheese until light.  Add in whipping cream and continue to whip until fully combined and thickening.  Add powdered sugar and cinnamon and whip until smooth.

To Serve:  Scoop out a slice of the pumpkin crunch and top with a dollop of the cream cheese frosting, or frost the entire pumpkin crunch with the frosting.

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Reader Comments:


The pumpkin crunch looks good.

By Leanne Challis on January 23, 2014


This was a big hit, everyone loved it.

By Cheree on December 01, 2013


This was one of the easiest recipes. It was so Delicious, I'm making my second one today. Happy Thanksgiving to your Ohana Paula Deen!

By Esther on November 28, 2013


Going to try making this one sounds simple,easy, and delish... love your other receipes so i figure i can't go wrong here too. Mahalo

By Bernadette on November 26, 2013


Do you make the cake mix according to the package before you sprinkle on top?

By stacy on November 22, 2013


Made this last night! It is Dangerously Delicious! Thanks so much for sharing yours and your family's awesome recipes! smile

By Robin on November 02, 2013


I Made This Tonight And It Was Absolutely Amazing,Everyone Loved It.

By Tiffany Ramsden on October 27, 2013


I made this.l love it and it very good.

By Mary and Hardy on October 26, 2013


I wanted a delicious recipe using pumpkin for a social gathering, with it being fall and came across this pumpkin crunch recipe. Knowing that this was a Paula Deen recipe, I just knew if had to be good. It was fantastic, there was not a price left in the pan. I did add extra nuts to the top though just because I like pecans.

By Lisa ODaniel on October 24, 2013


So delicious. Next time, I will probably leave out the cinnamon in the whipped cream, or maybe add half as much.

By Lberna on October 24, 2013


This is absolutely AWESOME!!! I made it for a church function, and had NONE to bring home.... LOL Everyone had a fit over it. Simply delicious, and so easy to make. Can't ask for a better recipe! smile Thank you, Paula! You are the BOMB DIGGITY!!!! smile

By Cindy on July 26, 2013


I am not a great baker, but my daughter and I made it today and it was sooo easy and tasted wonderful. We were thanking each other for helping and than we both yelled....THANK YOU PAULA DEEN!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for the great recipe. Your fan Terri H.

By tlharris78 on June 13, 2013


This is the best recipe for pumpkin crunch and soooo easy to make. I am a 67 year old male who has never cooked a day in my life. My wife and I had invited our children, grand and great-grand children to the house for Thanksgiving dinner. Just before that special day my wife had to go into the hospital for major surgery. All went well but she was not able to cook. With the help of my daughter, grandaughter and local butcher we were able to get everything we needed except the pumpkin dessert. I didn't like the looks of store bought pies. With the advice of another female friend I found this site and recipe. Needless to say all were suprised when I produced this wounderful dessert after eating all the store prepared stuff. Maybe next year with the help of Paula I'll cook everything.

By Anonymous on December 17, 2012


It tasted soooooooooo AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Nadia H. on March 31, 2012


Back years ago I learned this recipe from an old can wrapper of milk. My friend's mother had insisted she made this cake/crunch up. Till we found her stash of secret recipes and there was that milk wrapper! We copied it and learned how to make it and never told anyone either of our secrets!

By Anonymous on December 20, 2011


I love the idea of this dessert and tried it at home for my roommate and myself. We both agreed that it was way too sweet for us, so if I make it again, I'll probably add less of the cake mix.

By Andrea on December 18, 2011


Wow! i am so hungry that i can't even take this hour of cooking anymore! give me your recipe. give me give me give me. because you are........THE BEST!

By jasmin on November 27, 2011


Love this Paula! So many compliments!

By Emily on November 25, 2011


This year is a very somber year for us. I was requested to make a Pumpkin crunch for my family, This year we are celebrating in the hospital with my "G-Ma", Who sadly the doctors say will not be here to celebrate Christmas. Thank you for a wonderful recipe. Mahalo Nui Loa {Thank you very much}. Char

By Char on November 24, 2011


guess what? Im making pumpkin crunch right now!and Im certain that it is going to taste good, and that this thanksgiving day is going to be very, very thankful.with all the hard work,i am around to thank you Paula, for making wonderful recipes. you deserve a break.

By jasmin on November 24, 2011

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